What is the Mini Chili Pack? Is it worth it?

Picking the perfect options for your new car can often be a confusing process. Potentially an expensive one, too  it’s quite easy to get over excited in the showroom, and found you’ve added thousands to the list price with all manner of extra gizmos.

Mini tries to make things a little more straightforward with the availability of several option packs. One of the most popular is the Chili Pack. Let’s take a look at what it includes, and how much it’ll cost you.

Mini Chili Pack: what’s included?

The Chili pack is available with the Mini in Cooper and Cooper S trim levels, and with both petrol and diesel engines. It’s offered throughout the Mini range, including the Hatchback, Clubman and Convertible. Most of the add-ons are cosmetic, but some will help to improve everyday comfort and enjoyment too. Here’s what the Chili pack includes:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Clear indicator lenses  in place of orange units
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • LED headlights and fog lights  LED lights are much brighter than standard halogen and Xenon units
  • Driving mode selector  allows the driver to select between ‘Sport’, ‘Mid’ and ‘Green’. These three modes alter the settings of the throttle response, steering weight and damper settings to suit your mood
  • Storage compartment pack  adds practical features to the boot space. Includes a two-part boot floor, lashing eyelets to tie objects down, and a boot net to hold smaller items securely.
  • On board computer  the speedo is moved onto a pod directly ahead of the driver and houses a small digital screen which provides info including a clock, trip computer, temperature gauge and gear indicator.
  • Cloth/leather upholstery
  • Passenger seat height adjustment
  • Leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel  adds the facility to adjust the driver assist systems, radio, volume controls and telephone from the steering wheel
  • Interior mood lighting pack  adds extra LED backlighting in the roof and door trim
  • Floor mats

How much does the Mini Chili Pack cost?

Choosing the Chili pack on a regular Cooper model adds £3,200 to the asking price. That’s quite a chunk of money to add to a small car, although if enough of the features above seem worthwhile, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Chili pack represents a £675 saving over choosing each feature individually.

The Chili pack adds £2,400 to the price of a Cooper S, which saves £325 over the price of each individual option combined.

Anything else I should know?

If you’d like to add a little styling aggression to your Mini, the Chili John Cooper Works pack should add the features you’re looking for. For an extra £2,050 beyond a Cooper Chili pack (£1,400 for the Cooper S) the JCW gains black alloy wheels, a full body kit with rear spoiler, a sports steering wheel and anthracite headlining.

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